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The Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,700 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Web of Science also provides a unique search method, cited reference searching. With it, users can navigate forward, backward, and through the literature, searching all disciplines and time spans to uncover all the information relevant to their research. Users can also navigate to electronic full-text journal articles.

Launched in January 2005, the initiative makes hundreds of thousands of older, twentieth century scientific journal items available in one place and on one platform for the first time. Approximately 850,000 fully indexed journal articles have been added to Web of Science, from 262 scientific journals published in the first half of the twentieth century. This comprehensive collection is fully searchable, with complete bibliographic data, cited reference data and navigation, and direct links to the full text.


  • Access to the Science Citation Index® (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index® (1956-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index® (1975-present), ® (1993-present), and ® (1986-present), plus archives 1840 - 1985 from INPI
  • Navigate backward in time using cited references to uncover the research that influenced an author's work
  • Navigate forward in time using Times Cited to discover the impact a paper or other published item has had on current research
  • Link to the full text of primary literature
  • Export records directly to leading biblographic management programs: EndNote®, Reference Manager® and ProCite®
  • Access groundbreaking scientific journal articles from the entire twentieth century, through the initiative
  • Use the Analyze tool to view an analysis of search results
  • Set up citation alerts*
  • See the number of and access shared references for each related record
  • Use term lists (dictionary) for author names, cited authors, cited work, and source title
  • Take advantage of enhanced personalization features
  • Access all records retrieved by searches



  • Discover who is citing your research and the impact your work is having on the global research community
  • Uncover the seminal research of an important theory or concept
  • Measure the influence of colleagues' or competitors' work
  • Follow the path and direction of today's hottest ideas and concepts
  • Determine if a theory has been confirmed, changed or improved
  • Find out how a basic concept is being applied
  • Track a topic through years of research literature
  • Verify the accuracy of references
  • Locate relevant articles missed through a topic or subject search

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Finding research collaborators internationally

Challenge: A quantum physics researcher at Tokyo University wants to collaborate with international researchers on a project that investigates superconductivity in select materials.

Application: By following a cited reference pathway in the Web of Science, the researcher identifies five colleagues in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. He contacts them and forms an international research group.


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